Connection costs are now free for SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) and SMIs (Small and medium-sized industries) whose electrical energy needs are between 140 and 160 KVA. It is on this reform implemented about a year ago by the Beninese government that the afterwork organized by the Minister of Economy and Finance Romuald WADAGNI took place with the actors of the private sector. It was this Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Golden Tilup in Cotonou. The popularization of government measures to improve the business climate continues. Reach as many businesses as possible that are in need and that would have to spend millions before having access to electric power. This is the purpose of the free connection offered to SMEs and SMIs in Benin. For about a year, at zero CFA francs, a SMI or an SME has been connected to electric power in Benin. This measure, which facilitates the conditions for entrepreneurs to exercise their activities, was at the heart of the discussions between the working group on the achievement of Doing business indicators and the private sector. According to Illyass SINA Technical Advisor in charge of monitoring reforms (CTSR) to the Minister of Economy and Finance representing the Minister, “this is in fact a reminder to the private sector. The measure has been in force since and knows many beneficiaries. SMEs and SMIs can without traveling to make their connection request online on the platform www.sbee.bj. This dematerialization is the very first point of facilitation of the business climate in Benin. ” The Commercial Director of SBEE, Éric GILSON will go further to clarify that after the online request, the Beninese Electricity Energy Company (SBEE) has 14 days to go and inspect the site (internal wiring control and external control) and propose an estimate (if necessary except 140 and 160 KVA) then invite to sign the contract. No more deposit (advance on consumption) for 140 to 160 KVA. “The transformer break, connection and commissioning are done in 21 days,” he stressed. Thus, the connection of SMEs and SMIs whose energy requirement is between 140-160 KVA, is made in 36 days with no service charges to pay. In addition, the service regulations concluded between SBEE and the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ARE) make it possible to closely monitor all SBEE interventions. This monitoring can be viewed on the website of the two structures by SBEE clients. The change in pricing is regulated, consumption is notified two months in advance, damage caused in the event of an outage is covered by an insurance policy taken out by the SBEE. Present at the meeting, the Chairman of the Council of Private Investors of Benin, Roland RIBOUX, reminded SBEE officials that the small problems of power cuts that arise are not the kind that help businesses. It is therefore necessary for him, in addition to working for the supply of better electricity, to revise the tariff by improving the cost factor. Private sector actors have recognized the government’s efforts to improve the supply and distribution of electric power.